Platycerium alcicorne staghorn fern house plant in 12cm pot

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Platycerium alcicorne is commonly known as a staghorn fern and this is because the shape of some of the foliage can resemple a stag's horn.

  • Platycerium are a medium sized, epiphytic plant.
  • In their natural habitat these attach themselves to trees and they hang like air plants, extracting all they need from the air and the environment.
  • There are two kinds of fronds, both densely covered with soft hairs when young. Some fronds look rather like antlers and these can grow up to 150cm long. They are green, slowly turning to brown.
  • There are further fronds at the base of the plant which overlap to protect the roots. 
  • The base, or shield, fronds should not be removed when they turn brown. They form a protective covering which should remain in place.
  • Water about once per week during the growing season. Mist the foliage between waterings.
  • These are jungle plants and they like humid environments.
  • The plant is growing in a 12cm pot.
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